The 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the most beloved works of literature among bookworms and romantics alike. When Elizabeth Bennet’s blunders and hasty decisions enchanted readers, they’ve been on the lookout for similar works of fiction for some time. Finding books like Pride and Prejudice, perhaps Austen’s most famous work isn’t too tough.
Many writers have been influenced by Austen’s writing, and there is a slew of works currently in print that deal with similar subjects and chronological periods. Despite Pride and Prejudice’s reputation as the pinnacle of feminist writing, there is a slew of other works by women authors that helped establish the notion that women might be successful novelists.
It doesn’t matter what your taste in literature is, these 10 works are sure to please you in the same manner as Pride and Prejudice did for me.
A mystical retelling of the legend of Eldorado, often known as the Enchanted City of the Amazon, written by one of Brazil’s most well-known and respected authors Eldorado, the fabled city that inhabited the fevered thoughts of European navigators and conquerors, yet defied all attempts to find it on the map, serves as the backdrop for this fantastical tale. Some people think it happened in the city of Manaus, which is located in the Amazon Basin; this is also the location of the white home in which Arminto Cordovil and his father dele Amando live.
The two of them share a connection that is rife with ardor and boundless aspiration. Dinaura is a girl who bewitches Arminto and dreams of Eldorado. Angelina, the deceased mother, Denisio, the infernal boatman, and Dinaura, who is at the center of the story, are the unique cast of characters that stand between Arminto and his father. Denisio is the infernal boatman. The sweltering heat and dense vegetation of the Amazonian environment are vividly brought to life in this enchanting and wondrous fairy tale.
The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a novel by a Nobel Prize winner that is described as Raimundo Silva, a middle-aged celibacy clerk. Fluent in Portuguese, the assignment is to write an authoritative history of Portugal, including that of King William, who lay siege to the capital city in 12th-century Lisbon. Even though Raimundo only changes one word of the text, his bold move entirely undoes everything that came before it. Maria Sara, his new editor, is the only one who does not mind his blatant disdain for the facts.
She encourages Rainmundo to go even further with his offenses. Rainmundo and Maria’s narrative offers a unique perspective on history and a zany retelling of a contentious truth. In a voyage through time that merges past and present, reality becomes myth, and fiction and reality pixelate for Rainmundo and Maria, who begin to feel erotically drawn toward each other. This fascinating narrative is a fantastic humorous adventure through history, language, and imagination. Walter Mitty is nothing like Raimundo Silva.
A historical story about Japanese immigrants and their effort to establish a new life in a Brazilian rainforest that is “immensely entertaining” (Newsday). Arriving in Brazil in 1925, a group of Japanese immigrants set out to build a utopian society out of the country’s rainforest. It is in this “complex and fascinating epoch” that Yamashita creates a “splendid multi-generational novel.. rich in history and character” in which we see how utopian ideals clash with reality, as well as the symbiotic relationship between people and the land they colonize.
Intensely empathetic, fascinating, and thought-provoking.” As reported by the Washington Post Yamashita’s sense of passion and absurdity as well as a reverence for inevitability and individuality make this compelling multigenerational immigrant drama full of energy, devotion, and humor.” —Booklist “Remarkable in its poignancy and significance.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer The entire genre of pioneer literature, as well as Yamashita’s characters, are set up for a fall with a subtle ominousness. The Village Voice With a few laugh-out-loud jokes thrown in for good measure. The Star Tribune “Emotionally tense and enlightening” Review by—Bloomsbury Publishing “Exciting and different.” — International Examiner It was “very informative.” ” —Library Journal “Informative and timely.”
One Hundred Years of Solitude, the novel that won Gabriel Garcia Marquez the Nobel Prize in Literature, is widely regarded as one of the most important literary works of our time. It is also widely regarded as one of the most brilliant and unique literary achievements ever produced.
Through the history of the Buendia family, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude recounts the rise and fall, birth, and death of the fictitious town of Macondo in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.
This work is a masterpiece in the art of fiction because it is inventive, funny, captivating, and sorrowful all at the same time; it is brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical charm that hits the soul; and it is alive with unforgettable men and women.
Helen Fielding’s novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary, was published in 1996. However, the film adaptation of the novel, which was released in 2001 and starred Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant, is more well-known. Bridget Jones’s Diary is essentially a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and it is set against the backdrop of mid-1990s London. There are several sections of the book that have not held up well over time, particularly in reference to the acceptance of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Although Pride and Prejudice sometimes are hailed as a feminist novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary has gotten the opposite criticism in current culture. Bridget Jones’s Diary is an excellent pick, though, if what you’re looking for is a lighthearted and romantic novel featuring a main character who isn’t perfect but is still believable and sympathetic.
This book tells the story of the four March sisters named, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they live in the state of Massachusetts before, during, and after the American Civil War. Their adventures in love and loss take place before, during, and after the war. The events of the novel took place both before and during the war, as well as after it. The storyline of the book depicts the time leading up to, during, and immediately following the conflict.
The novel is filled with feminist themes, and it provides a wonderful glimpse into the way of life of the upper and middle-class families in America during the latter part of the nineteenth century. This is because the work was written in that era in which the events it describes took place.
Although all of the Bront sisters’ works are regarded as landmarks of feminist fiction, Wildfell Hall is frequently hailed as the very first explicitly feminist novel. Wildfell Hall was originally published in 1848 underneath the pen name Acton Bell. It tells the story of Helen Graham, who moves into the estate of Wildfell Hall after fleeing her cruel and alcoholic husband. Even the author’s sister, Charlotte Bront, deemed it to be too gruesome at the time of its publication to garner much critical recognition.
In the work, subjects such as drunkenness, domestic violence, the role of women in a male-dominated society, and gender dynamics were deemed to be shown too explicitly. However, Wildfell Hall is an enlightening read if you’re interested in a more realistic look at gender relations in Victorian England, as it provides a great portrayal of class and society in the period.
Emma Woodhouse is worldly. Young, attractive, and brilliant, she rules her village’s social scene. Emma and her father live in Highbury, 16 miles outside London. Mr. Woodhouse loves Emma, but he can not guide her, which may be why she does not know her limits. Emma’s life is sweet but uninteresting, so she takes on a protégé, Harriet Smith. Emma decides to find Harriet a husband even though she will not marry. Emma tries to improve Harriet’s interest in men to make her a lady.
She gets Harriet to abandon farmer Robert Martin for Mr. Elton, the town’s clergyman. Mr. Elton loves Emma – or her money. Emma thinks she is learned her matchmaking lesson after Mr. Elton. Fortunately, she hasn’t. Emma tries hard to fall in love with Frank Churchill when he arrives. She can not fall in love with him, but she causes mischief by flirting with him in front of Jane Fairfax, who recently returned to Highbury to live with her aunts. Emma thinks Frank could be Harriet’s new boyfriend. Mr. Knightley comments on Emma’s activities.
Despite ignoring his advice, Emma values it. When Mr. Knightley accuses her of disparaging her poor neighbors, Emma starts to change. Unfortunately, Harriet loves Mr. Knightley, not Frank. Suddenly, Emma’s preparations fall apart. She adores Mr. Knightley too. Emma rejects Mr. Knightley’s proposal because she thinks he is interested in Harriet, despite living with the Woodhouses. All romantic muddles are addressed when Emma marries Mr. Knightley and Harriet marries Robert Martin. Emma’s story is framed by the romance of Frank and Jane Fairfax, the marriage of Emma’s old governess, Mrs. Weston, and the antics of Mr. and Mrs. Elton.
The fictional town of Middlemarch, located in the English Midlands, is the setting for the novel Middlemarch, which was written in 1871 and published the same year. The story takes place between the years 1829 and 1832. The book, whose full title is Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life, is regarded as one of Eliot’s (the pen name that Mary Anne Evans used when she wrote under the male guise of T. S. Eliot) finest works.
Middlemarch is often regarded as a historical novel, even though the story it tells is entirely fictitious. It is widely regarded as providing one of the best insights into, surprise, English provincial life during the 1830s. It provides a wonderful glimpse into the social stratification that existed in England at the period, as well as the part that women played in the culture of the day.
Although it is not set in England but rather in New York City at the start of the 20th century, Wharton’s novel from 1905 deals with many themes that are very similar to those found in Pride and Prejudice. Lily Bart, the protagonist of the book, is a socialite who, despite having been born into money and high social status, has discovered herself and her family to be living in abject poverty.
She had put off getting married for much too long, and at the age of 29, she was regarded to be approximately ten years too old to be on the “marriage market.” However, getting married is one of the few ways she may get out of the financial catastrophe she is in.
Keeping up with society’s expectations, the impacts of class and a woman’s right to make her own life during a time when that was considered to be a highly radical thought are some of the themes that are explored in the novel. Because it deals with some of the same topics as Pride and Prejudice, it is an excellent choice if you are looking for other literature along the same lines.
Emily Bront’s first and only novel was titled “Wuthering Heights,” and it was initially released to the public under the masculine alias “Ellis Bell.” It initially focuses on Mr. Lockwood as he rents Thrushcross Grange on the desolate moors of Yorkshire and his connection with his enigmatic landlord, Heathcliff, who also owns Wuthering Heights Farmhouse.
The story of Heathcliff’s life is then told over the rest of the work, beginning with his childhood and ending with how he arrived at his current position. In addition to that, it focuses on his connection with Catherine, his adopted sister. The book, which is frequently referred to as a Gothic tragedy, addresses topics that are typical for books written during that era, such as social status, the process of giving birth, and romantic love.
This enigmatic book is recounted from the point of view of the anonymous titular heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter, as she ruminates on events that occurred in the past at the magnificent yet emotionally haunted Cornish house of Manderley, which belonged to her late husband.
Throughout the story, the narrator continues to grapple with being the substitute for the departed Rebecca, Mr de Winter’s first wife. As the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, treats the narrator with scorn and is disregarded by her new husband, she begins to question her sanity and legitimacy compared to the seemingly ideal image of Rebecca.
The story is eerie and unsettling and explores life in upper-class England much like Pride and Prejudice. Famously adapted into an Academy Award-winning feature picture by famous director Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 and constantly being likened to writings by the Brontë sisters, there is no doubt that Rebecca is a fascinating book.
To the Lighthouse, written by Virginia Woolf in 1927 and published more than a century after Pride and Prejudice, is a great book to read if you’re interested in reading other books that are similar to Pride and Prejudice and bear some similarities to that novel despite being published more than a century later.
The majority of the story takes place in the Ramsay family’s summer home on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where they spend a number of years, and is told in Virginia Woolf’s signature stream of consciousness style, which was prevalent in literature published during the 1920s.
It is not a plot-driven tale, as is common with Woolf’s writings and with many modernist books written at the time. However, it deals with comparable topics to Pride and Prejudice when it comes to the language on marriage, class, and society’s responsibilities.
The tale of Noah Calhoun, a recent veteran of the Second World War from a remote Southern state, is introduced among the stark grandeur of the North Carolina coast. A gorgeous girl Noah met fourteen years ago and fell in love with intensely is haunting him as he works to restore a plantation house to its former splendor. Noah is glad to live with only memories of her because he can’t seem to find her and doesn’t want to forget the summer they lived together. That is until she suddenly makes a surprise visit back to his hometown to see him.
The tale of Noah and Allie is only the first piece of a larger puzzle. As it progresses, their story mysteriously changes into another with considerably larger stakes. The overall effect is a profoundly emotional portrayal of love, with its sweet moments and universally felt changes. It is a tale of miracles and feelings that you will never forget.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
“You are, and always have been, my dream.”
“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.”
“Every great love starts with a great story…”
“The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you.”
My illness is both infamous and unusual. I have a severe case of mixed immunodeficiency, but basically, I have allergies to everything. I rarely leave my residence and haven’t done so in fifteen years. My mother and Carla, my nurse, are the only ones I ever see.
Then, though, a moving truck shows up one day. new neighbors next door. He is there when I glance out the window. He is tall, slender, and dressed all in black, including a black knit cap that completely conceals his hair, black pants, black sneakers, and a black t-shirt. He turns to face me when he sees me looking at him. I return the gaze. He goes by Olly. I aspire to know everything there is to know about him. I find out that he is fierce and hilarious. He has blue eyes like the Atlantic Ocean, and his vice is thieving cutlery, I discover. I discover that once I speak with him, my entire universe widens and I start to feel different—starting to crave things. to desire to leave my bubble. a desire for all that the world has to offer.
While we may not be able to anticipate the future, there are some things that we can do. For instance, I will undoubtedly become infatuated with Olly. It will almost likely end in disaster.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
Charlotte Bront’s Jane Eyre, initially published in 1847 under the masculine pseudonym Currer Bell, is widely regarded as one of the first works of feminist literature and a model of the bildungsroman genre. The novel follows the orphaned Jane Eyre as she journeys from an abusive household to a dreary school for orphaned girls before becoming a governess for a wealthy youngster at Thornfield Hall.
Jane develops feelings for the master of Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester while serving as a governess. Jane Eyre contains substantial advances that make it a fascinating read that will keep you engaged until the very end. Jane Eyre, which was groundbreaking for her day, deals with subjects such as marriage for love, the class structure, and mental illness in the Victorian era and is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for books like Pride and Prejudice.
Before love gave them everything to lose, they had nothing in common. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has seldom ventured outside of their small community. She has a steady boyfriend and a close-knit family. She accepts a position working for wheelchair-bound former Master of the Universe Will Traynor, which she desperately needs. Will has always led a lavish lifestyle—huge deals, intense sports, and international travel—and he is now very certain he cannot continue to live this way.
Will is sarcastic, temperamental, and domineering, but Lou won’t treat him like a baby, and eventually, his happiness matters more to her than she anticipated. She goes out to prove to Will that life is still worthwhile after learning that he has shocking plans of his own. Me Before You is a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, “What do you do when trying to make the person you cherish happily also means breaking your own heart?” It is a love story for this generation and is ideal for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”
“I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”